Just because you don’t have a yard doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a green thumb.
Though compact, balconies and patios can be fine places to grow flowers, grasses and more. In fact, here’s a list of 10 plants that don’t require a patch of land to flourish:
Bamboo – spreads rapidly but easy to maintain
Coleus – shade-loving but doesn’t like cold weather
Geraniums – easy to care for
Herbs – thrive on sunlight
Hosta – grows well in a container and thrives in the shade
Ivy – loves the sun but does just fine in the shade, and it can survive the winter
Jasmine – needs to be staked on a trellis; smells great
Pentas – love the heat almost as much as butterflies love them
Plumbago – grows quickly, and is drought- and heat-tolerant
Solanum – low maintenance and flourishes in containers
If you have a patio or balcony (like residents at The Lofts in Morgantown, West Virginia and The Reserve on West 31st in Lawrence, Kansas) that you’d like to use for gardening, pay attention to the amount of direct sunlight it gets. As noted above, some plants prosper in the shade while others thrive in the sun.
For 5 Ways to Beautify Your Balcony, click HERE.